§ 23. Sir ROBERT LYNN
asked the President of the Board of Educations whether his Department has made a proposal to the Soviet Government of Russia that Bolshevist teachers should be brought to Great Britain; and whether he can state what subjects these Bolshevists are to teach?
§ Mr. TREVELYAN
In anticipation of an increase in trade with Russia and of a demand for greater facilities for learning the Russian language, I have been 297 having enquiries made to see whether it is possible to promote the study of the Russian language in this country by means of an interchange of teachers and students between the two countries, but I have not yet received any report.
§ Mr. TURNER
Is it not a fact that during the years 1914 to 1916 we were urged to advocate the teaching of Russian in our schools in Great Britain?
§ Sir HARRY BRITTAIN
Is it not a fact that there are at the present moment thousands of people in this country who are capable of teaching the Russian language?
§ Several hon. Members rose—
§ Mr. SPEAKER
The Minister tells us that there is no definite proposal. We canot pursue the matter at this stage.